MBA Spans the Globe: International Exchange Programs and Study Abroad Programs
As today's society becomes increasingly globally-minded, the ability to appreciate and understand other cultures becomes extremely important. In order to function in this world, one needs to step outside the boundaries of his life and see things from a different perspective. Montgomery Bell Academy recognizes this need and offers international exchange opportunities for both students and faculty at peer institutions in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. These programs add depth and scope to the overall MBA experience by offering participants a unique perspective on international education and broadening their cultural horizons.Experience Another Culture MBA's formal exchange program began in the 1997-98 school year with the British boarding schools of Eton College and Winchester College. It expanded in 2000 with the addition of exchanges to The Southport School in Australia (through 2007) and Michaelhouse in South Africa; in 2002 MBA initiated an exchange program with Kearsney College in South Africa (through 2004). In 2004 The King's School in Australia (through 2016) and Pan American High School in Costa Rica (through 2005) were added. In 2005, an exchange program with Lindisfarne College in New Zealand was initiated. Athens College in Greece (through 2010) and Melbourne Grammar School were added to the exchange program in 2008. During the summer of 2009, several faculty and students traveled to China on a cultural trip that has exciting prospects for future expansion. The addition of Christ's College, New Zealand in 2010 brought another dimension to our New Zealand exchanges and 2011 brought the Bishop's School in Cape Town, South Africa on board. In 2013 another Australia school was added to the travel opportunities - Christ Church Grammar School in Perth. These exchange opportunities are available for both students and faculty and range in length from three weeks to three months. At some of the host schools, participants stay on or near the campus in "houses" (dormitories). Other schools ask host families to house the visiting students. As exchange participants, MBA students and faculty serve as the school's ambassadors to institutions abroad representing the school while having the experience of a lifetime. MBA is fortunate to have endowed money provided through the generous sponsorship of supporters like Dudley Warner '61 and the Whitson family to offset a number of the expenses of these exchanges.
Schedule of Exchanges for Students - All dates are subject to change
- Michaelhouse: 4-5 weeks, mid-July to mid-August
- Melbourne Grammar: 4-5 weeks, mid-July to mid-August
- Lindisfarne College: 4 weeks, mid-June to mid-July
- Christ's College: 3-4 weeks, mid July - mid August
- Bishops School: 3-4 weeks, mid July - mid August